Friday, August 22, 2014


Mystic, CT

Although the boats here are nicely reflected in the waters of the Mystic River on this particular evening,  and I'm sharing this photo with Weekend Reflections,  I have reflections of a different kind on my mind for this particular post. This post marks my 1000th post on Connecticut Diaries, so it gave me pause to reflect on my photography and blogging efforts during the better part of almost three years now.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this.  I had taken up photography strictly as a hobby and wanted to share my photos with others with the hope that they might enjoy them as much as I do.  Searching for photos to share here has forced me to look critically at my images, and I hope it has helped me become a better photographer. Looking back on some of my early posts, I wonder what I was thinking with some of the photos I shared! I hope I'm doing a little better now.  I have developed a small but avid group of followers who I know only through their comments here and in following their blogs.  I appreciate and value their comments here and have been inspired by their work.  Overall, I would say this has been a great learning experience for me and I hope to continue blogging for at least another 1000 posts.  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wine Barrel Clock

Coventry, CT

Wood from old wine barrels can be used for all sorts of things, including clocks.  This was seen in the tasting room at the Cassidy Hill Vineyard.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cassidy Hill Vineyard

Coventry, CT

After a few weeks off from touring the Connecticut Wine Trail, my wife and I had a free Sunday and decided to take in a few more of the more local wineries.  The Cassidy Hill Vineyard is another very new winery located in Coventry, CT.  They produce an eclectic mix of "New England-style" wines.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Mystic, CT

Having completed her 38th voyage, the Charles W Morgan is now back at Mystic seaport on exhibit. It is well worth the trip to see this majestic ship. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Whale Boat

Somewhere in Long Island Sound

When whales were spotted, these small boats were lowered into the water with a crew to chase and harpoon the whale. They would then tow the whale back to the ship for processing.  This work must have been far more dangerous than anything seen today on the TV series "Deadliast Catch".

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Sails

Somewhere in Long Island Sound

You wouldn't catch me tending to that uppermost sail.  That's over 100 feet above the deck of the Charles W Morgan.   I guess somebody has to do it though.  Again, the pictures taken on the Morgan under sail were taken by my wife.  I can't take any credit for them at all.